After all my years touring with the Tannahill Weavers I have finally got round to recording my first CD -- Sound of Taransay.
The Sound of Taransay is a body of water which lies just off the Isle of Harris and rolls onto the beautiful sandy beaches of Luskentyre.
The Air Sound of Taransay on this CD I composed many years back while on tour with the Tannahills.
I have recorded with three different flutes, D, Eb and my lovely F flute. The whistles I recorded in A, D and Eb. The A whistle is an Overton and the D and Eb are made by the great man himself, Michael Burke.
In many ways, this album has turned out to be a gathering of many friends whom I've had the great pleasure of sharing a stage with over the years....
Brilliant musicians! Wonderful people!--Just a joy to play with...
Many thanks to them all.
01 / Finavon Castle
Finlay MacLennan Smillie of Finavon Castle Phil MacLennan Smillie
Braes of Castle Grant Duncan MacDonald & Pipe Major G S MacLennan
Ruileadh Cailleach, 'heatadh Cailleach Traditional
02 / Captain Kim Frizzell
Savannah waltz Phil MacLennan Smillie
Captain Kim Frizzell Phil Maclennan Smillie
03 / Sound of Taransay Phil MacLennan Smillie
04 / West of Rockall
Captain Craig Brown Pipe Major Charles Cameron
West of Rockall Phil MacLennan Smillie
05 / Reel for Ruairidh
The Golden Road Phil MacLennan Smillie
Reel for Ruairidh Phil MacLennan Smillie
06 / West Coast Airs
Oran Na Cair-Ora Traditional
The Mermaid Song Traditional
07 / Old Pier Road
Ca Beleno Phil MacLennan Smillie
The Bell Rock Phil MacLennan Smillie
Old Pier Road Phil MacLennan Smillie
08 / The North Shore Phil MacLennan Smillie
09 / Major John MacLennan
Major John MacLennan Gordon Highlanders Pipe Major G S MacLennan
Jessie Smith Traditional
Domhnall Dubh Traditional
10 / Megan's Wedding
Strath March Phil Cunningham
Megan's wedding Finlay MacRae
A Special Thanks To...
Ross Ainslie (Trecherous Orchestra, Salsa Celtica) Kenny Forsyth (ex Tannahill Weavers)
Russell Hunter (Piano - Theater, Para Handy) Gary Innes (Mànran)
Aaron Jones (Old Blind Dogs, Litha) Hugh McCallum (Fergie MacDonald Band)
Dougie MacLean (Dougie MacLean Band) Charlie McKerron (Capercaillie, Session A9)
Grant Milne (Sound and Mastering Engineer) John Martin (Tannahill Weavers)
Dougie McCance (Red Hot Chilli Pipers) Stuart Morison (ex Tannahill Weavers)
Fred Morrison (Fred Morrison Band) Patsy Seddon (Sileas, The Poozies) ...and my wife Maggie!...